Now that we're older, that genre faded away and was replaced by other artists and real bands. I only remember them when I see their videos, usually in music channels with programs showing "old" videos, listen to my old albums or see a message or two in my fanlistings. I still have two photo albums filled with Westlife pictures when we watched their first 2 concerts. There were no digital cameras available for the common people yet at that time. Most of the members of these boybands stopped being in the limelight and had their own families. Some of them went solo and maintained their popularity (like Robbie Williams of Take That, Justin Timberlake of N'Sync and Nick Lachey of 98 Degrees) Some of them came out of the closet and admitted they're gay (like Lance Bass of N'Sync and Mark Feehily of Westlife- you broke my heart, Mark! Huhu!). Some of them still perform as a group (BSB, Westlife) but it's not the same anymore. Their music is more mature now and of course, their audience is too. There are still loyal fans who would want to see them and scream for them and I will do anything to experience that again.
Tonight, Westlife will perform (again) here on Manila soil. It's their 3rd concert. It was a short notice for me and I don't even have a budget for the tickets. Due to inflation, the tickets are twice the price of that during their last concert a few years ago. I never thought I'd get to watch them. I joined in promos just to snag a free ticket but to no avail. Yes, it burned holes in my pocket but as they say, when there's a will, there's a way. The ticket I bought was one of the cheapest. I know I'll not be able to see them up close again but I still enjoy their music (I'm even listening to their latest album now and I'm loving the songs) and that's what matters now. My sister will not accompany me this time. Priorities change and she is busy with school work. Yes, I'm gonna watch it alone but I don't care.
It makes me nostalgic just thinking about it now... but I'm still looking forward to tonight.
Smash Hits was a pop-music based children's magazine, originally published in the United Kingdom. It ran from 1978 to 2006 and was issued fortnightly for most of that time. Spin off digital television, digital radio, and website services have survived the demise of the printed magazine.